Skid Steer – Basic Operation and Safety
Skid Steer – Basic Operation and Safety

Skid Steer – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

Skid steer loaders can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. They can also do a considerable amount of damage and can cause injury if not handled with care and respect. This course shows how to be safe and productive when operating these versatile machines. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

Skid steer loaders can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. They can also do a considerable amount of damage and can cause injury if not handled with care and respect. This course shows how to be safe and productive when operating these versatile machines.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 is an introduction, providing an overview of what is going to be taught.
  • Lesson 2—Before trainees can learn how to perform common tasks with a skid steer loader; they must first understand the design features, components and controls of the machine and their function.
  • Lesson 3—This lesson discusses the importance of safety and pre-use inspections. It covers personal protective equipment (PPE), the main components that need to be checked as part of a pre-use inspection and how to board the machine safely.
  • Lesson 4—This lesson teaches start-up, controls and testing. It covers how to start up the skid steer loader, discusses common warning lamps, and reviews how to test the operator controls and back-up alarm.
  • Lesson 5—This lesson will help trainees understand machine operation, the functions of the operator controls, how to travel forward, backward and make turns, and how to understand the capacity of the machine.
  • Lesson 6—Here new operators are taught the basics of filling the bucket. This lesson explains how to attach and detach the bucket, how to use the bucket controls of the machine and teaches the basic steps of effectively filling the bucket to capacity.
  • Lesson 7—Once the bucket of the machine is loaded, the next task is to carry it and unload it. Here, we cover carrying and dumping loads. Both tasks can be difficult for a new operator if not performed correctly. This lesson also discusses how to identify and react to challenging job site conditions, plus the basics of three common job site tasks - digging or excavating material, backfilling, and back dragging the bucket to level material.
  • Lesson 8—This lesson explains a typical procedure to follow at the end of a shift, including how to let the engine cool down properly to prevent damage from hot spots. It goes on to provide guidelines on when and how to refuel the machine.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize skid steer features, functions and major components
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the skid steer.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.